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Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

30-year-old American Edward Snowden, a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is the whistleblower behind significant revelations that surfaced in June 2013 about the US government's top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes. Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in May 2013, and supplied confidential US government documents to media outlets including the Guardian

Veteran lawyer Plato Cacheris: My career defending notorious spy cases

With such an eye-catching first name, Washington-based defence lawyer Plato Cacheris was never going to struggle for an audience. But don't ask this first son of Greek-American immigrants to be philosophical about his clients' crimes, regardless of their severity.

Sunday, 11 May, 2014, 7:12am

British lawmakers condemn oversight of spy agencies after Snowden revelations

All-party parliamentary group demands reforms to make British security services more accountable

9 May 2014 - 11:27am 2 comments

Edward Snowden being ‘manipulated’ by Russia, says retired NSA director

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is being manipulated by Russian authorities, the former director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly said on Thursday, adding that he believed the leaks would cost lives.

9 May 2014 - 4:07pm 7 comments

Major US tech firms now telling users before they hand their data to government

Major US technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators' demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance when their information is targeted for government seizure.

3 May 2014 - 4:55am

Edward Snowden expects asylum status to be renewed in Russia

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who fled to Moscow last year after revealing details of massive US intelligence-gathering programmes, expects his asylum status in Russia to be renewed before it expires this summer, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

1 May 2014 - 2:50pm 13 comments

Edward Snowden defends his TV question to President Putin on surveillance

Edward Snowden has defended his decision to appear on live Russian television, insisting his question to Vladimir Putin on mass surveillance was designed to hold the Russian president accountable and not, as critics have suggested, an act of compliant propaganda.

19 Apr 2014 - 1:24am 3 comments

Guardian, Washington Post share Pulitzer for Snowden exposé stories

The Guardian and The Washington Post shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on leaks from former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that revealed a global surveillance network monitoring millions of Americans and foreigners.

15 Apr 2014 - 9:25pm

Edward Snowden reporters Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras back in US

Two reporters central to revealing the massive US government surveillance effort returned to the United States for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source: Edward Snowden.

13 Apr 2014 - 6:00am

NSA snoops on major human rights groups, Edward Snowden says

The US has targeted prominent human rights organisations and spied on their staff, Edward Snowden said, in giving evidence to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe's top human rights body.

9 Apr 2014 - 10:52pm

US data smuggled by Snowden is 'in Russian hands', say US lawmakers

Much of the classified data smuggled out of the United States last year by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has likely been obtained by Russian intelligence officials, US lawmakers warned.

27 Mar 2014 - 5:45am